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Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture
Photo Information
Copyright: Alptekin Kutlu (alois) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikkor 500 mm f:4.0 D, Digital - Raw/Tiff
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vultures, Flying images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-21 16:13
Viewed: 4772
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Egyptian Vulture captured in flight in Beypazari - Ankara/Turkey.

Size: The Egyptian Vulture is the smallest of all the European Vultures.
Diet/Feeding: Most well known for its evolved abiltity to eat eggs, the Egyptian vulture's diet also includes both carrion and overripe vegetable matter. When feeding with crows and small raptors, this vulture is dominant. They must wait, however, for other larger vultures to finish their meal at a carcass, before entering the scene. Once the carcass is abandined, the birds fly in and pick the small bits of remaining meat from the bones with their delicate beaks.
Among other favored foods are decaying fruits and vegetables, often salvaged from human garbage dumps, and small insects, which the bird can catch alive. Without a sense of smell, the Egyptian vultures rely on their keen eyesight to find all food. Their vision is twice as refined as that of a human, allowing them to see an object 4 to 8 centimeters in diameter from as high as 1000 meters.
Flight: This vulture flies with more wingbeats than most vultures, but takes off much more gracefully, as it is built lighter and smaller. Once gliding, the bird holds its wings flat, shifting them very little. The bird posesses great endurance, and is able to fly up to 70 kilometers in search of food.
Range/Habitat: This species of vulture is a very adaptable, inhabiting various habitat types, and slowly estblishing territories closer and closer to humans. These birds can often be seen feeding around garbage dumps. Among the natural habitats favored by the Egyptian vulture are plains, wetlands, uplands, and mountains. They are found ranging through southern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India.
Behavior: Egyptian vultures are specialists in egg-eating. They are among the only known birds in the world to use stones as tools. They will repeatedly strike at an abandoned ostrich egg with stones, then use their beak to enlarge the hole and penetrate membrane. This behavior is not instinctive, but learned from other vultures, as the species is very intelligent.
Life Cycle: Young fledge at about 3 months of age. Juvenile plumage is brown, strikingly different from the pure white adults.
Breeding: Males and females are alike in plumage, but females are usually slightly larger than their mate. Beautiful breeding displays are performed by the both sexes. They fly high into the air and dive back down, grasping claws on the way.
They prefer to nest on rocky ledges and in cliffs, preferring well-sheltered areas with many cavities, as the birds are colonial nesters. They lay 1 to 3 eggs, which they incubate for 42 days. They have the ability to lay a new egg if one is destroyed or taken before hatching.

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  • Great 
  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-21 16:26]

it is a great shot of Egyptian Vulture...
wonderful in every details...
eline, güzlerine sağlık ...

Very good capture from very good angle, the background is very good, there some parts in the vultures' feathers that are in a little bit over.

Amazing capture Alptekin, this is simply stunning. Very nice work.

  • Great 
  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-21 18:56]

Super shot.
What a beauty and majestic flight.
Excellent composition and details. Hot spots in wings are a minor nit. Well done. TFS


Wow! This is one seriously beautiful image. Ok, there are a few hot spots as someone mentioned but its still a great shot indeed in my opinion. You've got some stunning shots in your portfolio too btw.


  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-06-21 21:21]

Superb captured !
Great colour,excellent detail,perfect composed.

What a lovely shot, nicely composed and great point of view. Detail and lighting is great. I recommend it for the Photo of the day.

Hello Alptekin

Magnificent shot. The POV is wonderful. Exposure is spot on. Back ground fantastic...... Perfect! Thanks.

This is stunning, an incredible flight shot.
Excellent detail, and the bg is superb.
Well done and thank you for posting.

Hello Alptekin!
Wonderful action shot.Colors,lighting,BG,moment you caught and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

Nefis bir fotoğraf.Akbabaların tamamını çok iyi fotoğraflamışsın.Tekrar tebrikler..Selamlar..

  • Great 
  • gopi Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 70] (337)
  • [2005-06-24 14:26]

Wonderful shot with clean composition. Deserves more than 2 points.
Would half a stop under exposure save the burnt tail parts?

  • Great 
  • capaci Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 139 W: 55 N: 150] (1300)
  • [2005-06-26 14:51]

sen böyle mükemmel fotolar çekerek beni çatlatmaya karar verdin anlaşılan ;)
eline, emeğine sağlık sevgili arkadaşım. söylenecel her şey söylenmiş, bana alkılaşmak kalmış.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-11 13:12]

Alptekin, I do enjoy vultures, and this is a beautiful, very beautiful image.

Everything is excellent: sharpness, pov, dof, composition, bg and colors.


I added your picture to a theme of mine.

Hi Alptekin. Awesome image. It captures the speed of the flight and you have it so sharp, well done. Just discovered your work now for the first time, great stuff. Regards, Rob

Hello Alptekin,

Excellent photo, once again it doesn't get any better than this, I see quality like this in magazines or a very nice body tattoo..nah! that would be to extravagant and painful. Keep up the great photography! Paul :)

Hocam fotoğraflarınızı gördükçe kanatlılar hakkında daha çok çalışmak gerektiğine inandım. Tebrikler

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